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The Considerations of Opening

NOTE: This course is no longer open for credits but is still available as a resource.​​

1.5 CEUs​​ for counselors, social workers (RCS031407) and marriage & family therapists​ (RTX051901)

You MUST create an account and login in order to take the course and the quiz at the end to get your continuing education credits. We will email you a certificate (but be patient because we’ve got busy practices)!

During the pandemic there has been very little direction about how to consider re-opening offices to face-to-face visits once the stay-at-home order is lifted. This workshop shares information from the Ohio Department of Health, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as similar organizations, to support counselors in making ethical decisions for ourselves and our clients. Using the American Counseling Association’s ethical guidelines to help counselors in our decision-making, the workshop does not give answers but invites counselors to work through and document our decisions so that we are able to direct and defend our unique practices in the context of the diverse needs of our clients.

At the end of this course, Participants will:

  • Be able to identify appropriate sources of information to make decisions;
  • Understand the importance of proper documentation for client informed consent during the pandemic;
  • Be able to identify key ethical issues present in decision making about face-to-face contact.
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We all know clients who are practicing social distancing differently. Some may include neighbors, some may not. Some clients feel safe going to the grocery and others have their groceries delivered. Likewise, we are making decisions that are different.

As therapists, we must have clear reasoning for the decisions we make that impact our clients. We must do whatever we can to lessen risk for the clients who are in our care.

As you move through the course, take notes on the issues you want to come back to or research further. Whatever decisions you make, we want you to feel confident that you are making the right ones for you and for your clients.​

We have also decided to create a connected message board for logged in viewers so we can share our thoughts and information with each other. You will need to login to read or post there. Remember, we are all dealing with different populations so some of our decisions won’t apply to our colleagues. We must strive to be respectful and supportive while sharing our thoughts, policies and practices at all times but especially now. To make community contributions helpful we require the following:

  • Cite the information you share so that readers can click through and vet the source themselves;
  • Absolutely no name calling, hate speech, personal attacks or profanity;
  • Do not talk about specific clients in any recognizable way (instead of, “How do I talk to my doctor client?” you can post, “How are you communicating with clients who are also healthcare providers?”);
  • While the message board is available only to logged in users, we encourage you to cautious about what you share and how you share it;
  • We reserve the right to remove any comments that violate our policies and to block access to commenting by repeat offenders.